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Doberman Basset Hound Mix (Dobie-Basset): Info, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts

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doberman pinscher and basset hound

Height: 24 – 28 inches
Weight: 60 – 100 pounds
Lifespan: 10 – 13 years
Colors: Gray, blue, brown, white
Suitable for: Watchdog, companion
Temperament: Smart, loyal, intelligent

The Dobie-Basset is a mixed Breed created by mixing the Doberman Pinscher with the Basset Hound. It’s a new breed with an unknown history, but the parent breeds are well known and popular worldwide. A tax collector created the Doberman in the 1800s as a protection dog, while the Basset Hound goes back to the 1500s and where it hunted many different types of games.

The Dobie-Basset Can look like either of its parents but will tend to have a long muscular body between 60 and 100 pounds. The facial features, ears, and tail look like the dominant parent, and there is quite a bit of variation.

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Dobie-Basset Puppies


The parents are a popular breed, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a reputable breeder that can create one of these puppies for you. Since it’s a mixed breed, you won’t have to worry about breeder’s rights or obtaining a show-quality dog that can drive up the price. The breeder may run some genetic tests to check for genetic problems, which can add some cost but will help ensure a healthy puppy.

The Dobie-Basset is loyal and in it you will have both a watchdog and a companion.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Dobie-Basset

1. The Doberman’s origins are unknown.

No one is sure what breeds the original breeder used to create the Doberman Pinscher parent breed.

2. The Doberman Pinscher is a great search and rescue dog.

The police used the Doberman Pinscher parent breed as search and rescue dogs at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attack in New York City.

3. The Basset Hound has an amazing sense of smell.

The Basset Hound parent breed’s nose is second only to the Bloodhound.

The parent breeds of Dobie-Basset
The parent breeds of Dobie-Basset: Left – Doberman (YamaBSM, Pixabay) | Right – Basset Hound (Marek Perička, Pexels)

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Doberman Basset Hound Mix 🧠

The Dobie-Basset It’s a loyal dog that makes a great companion, but it can be strong-willed. It should be very pleasant and friendly but will not enjoy being roughed up by small children, and they will require plenty of socialization and supervision I small children are in the home.

Dobie-Bassets are Very intelligent and easy to train if you can keep them focused on the session. They also make great watchdogs that will alert you to the presence of any strangers, and they will quickly track any unwanted animal visitors, like mice.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

The Dobie-Basset Can be a fantastic family pet if you don’t have any small children. Older children can keep them in their tanned, and they often bond well together. It likes running around big yards, going for walks, playing games, and sniffing out visitors.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

The Dobie-Basset will not be the best pet to have with other pets due to the Basset Hound parent breeds hunting genes. People tend to chase cats, rodents, and birds in the house or the yard. You might break them of this habit if you socialize them very early, but that task is for experienced owners.

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Things to Know When Owning a Dobie-Basset

Let’s discuss what you should know before purchasing a Dobie-Basset.

Food and Diet Requirements 🦴

The Dobie-Basset What is a larger dog and can eat up to three cups of food per day depending on how fully grown they are. Always follow the instructions on the package closely, so you do not overfeed them. This breed is susceptible to obesity, and it’s important to make sure they eat high-quality food with plenty of protein and not too many carbohydrates or fillers. Look for a brand with real meat like chicken, beef, or turkey listed as the first ingredient.

Exercise 🐕

The Dobie-Basset is an active breed that can become destructive if bored and prone to obesity. You will need to set aside 30 to 60 minutes each day to help them get the activity they need to stay healthy. Mental stimulation, as well as physical activity, is important to the overall health of your dog.

Training 🦮

The Dobie-Basset Is very smart and can easily learn most tricks, but they are very strong-willed and often don’t like to sit for a training session. Treats and positive reinforcement can help keep them focused, but you don’t want to use too many treats, or your pet will gain weight.  Keeping the session short, limited to only 5 or 10 minutes, and holding them at the same time each day without fail, can also help make your training sessions a success.

Grooming ✂️

The Dobie-Basset will not require extensive care to keep the coat looking good. Brushing it two or three times a week should be more than sufficient, and you will need to clip the nails every few weeks as well. It would help if you also brush your dog’s teeth as often as possible with a doggie toothpaste.

Health and Conditions ❤️

Most mixed breeds are healthier than their parents, and the Dobie-Basset is no exception. However, there are still a few health problems you should know about before you make a purchase.

Minor Conditions
  • Panosteitis
  • Lick granuloma
Serious Conditions
  • Entropion
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Panosteitis is an inflammation of the surface of the bone in the leg. It can be found in one or more bones and can quickly lead to lameness. It often occurs without warning and is common in the Doberman Pinscher parent breed. The most common symptom is a sudden lameness in one or more legs. Treatment usually includes pain medication until the condition cleared up on its own.
  • Lick granuloma is an injury that occurs from obsessively licking a small area of the skin. It usually occurs on or near the risk of the front legs. Anxiety or stress is likely the cause, or at least, a major contributor. Unfortunately, this is yet another condition that the Doberman Pinscher is prone to. Medications and bandages can help treat the injury, but you must address the underlying cause to prevent it from reoccurring.
  • Entropion is a condition that causes the eyelids of your dog to roll inwards. When this happens, it causes the hair on the back of the eyelid to scrape against the cornea, causing irritation pain and leading to severe damage to the lens. Symptoms include red eyes, tearing, and pawing at the face. Surgery can usually correct the condition before permanent damage sets in if caught early.
  • Cardiomyopathy is a heart condition associated with larger breeds, including the Doberman Pinscher parent to the Dobie-Basset. Many believe it has to do with the nutrient tiring which dogs normally produced themselves. Symptoms include decreased energy, cough, and difficulty breathing. It’s important to get to the vet at once if you notice any of these symptoms.

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Male vs Female

There is no discernible difference between male and female Dobie-Basset in height or weight. The biggest factor deciding your dog size, appearance, and temperament is which parent your dog takes after. If they’re not spayed or neutered, the males tend to be a bit more aggressive, especially towards strangers, whereas females tend to be excessively barky and strong-willed. However, once fixed, there is no way to tell them apart without looking.

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The Dobie-Basset is a great family pet if you don’t have small children and a mix of perfect watchdog. It doesn’t bark more than it needs to, and it often does plenty of sniffing around to make sure it’s time to let you know of the danger. It’s not the best choice if you have small children or pets, but if you’re an experienced dog owner, the world rewards will be worth the challenges of raising one of these dogs. It’s very smart and capable of amazing things with a little patience and structure.

We hope you have enjoyed reading over this in-depth guide into the Doberman Basset Hound mix and found it helpful. If you have never heard of this breed Before and think it would make a great pet, please share this guide to the Dobie-Basset on Facebook and Twitter.

Featured Image: Left – Doberman Pinscher (patstatic, Pixabay), Right – Basset Hound (Marry Kolesnik, Shutterstock)

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